Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh

Huirem Naresh, a resident of Keishamthong Elangbam has been with Imphal Times since its start, 2013. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Naresh is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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IT News
Imphal, July 1:

State government of Manipur is all set to use the Sumang Leela medium of mass media (a traditional Manipuri media) to spread awareness on Covid-19 pandemic across the state.
Rehearsal of the Shumang Leela play based on Covid-19 pandemic titled “Keidoubagi Kidoino” is going on at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound. The play is all set to premiere on the 5th July 2021.The duration of the play is about one and a half hour, a DIPR report said.
Padmashri Awardee and Chairman Academic Sub-Committee Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC) Wareppa Naba is the consultant of the play. The play is directed by Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Sh Hemanta. While Ranjit Ningthouja scripted the shumaang leela play “Keidoubagi Kidoino.”
Director IPR Balkrishna Heisnam and Deputy Director IPR Lairenlakpam Ashokumar attended the rehearsal session of the play.
The play is totally funded and organised by the Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Manipur.

IT News
Imphal, June 28:

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the health-related issues, there has been massive impact on livelihoods, esp those who are self-employed or daily wage earners. Manipur also has some vulnerable groups whose livelihood opportunities has been affected since the 1st wave. Various organisations & individuals have come forward to help the most vulnerable of the lot.
In one such effort, Rajesh Soraisham, a resident of Khurai, Imphal East and an Alumni of Rutgers Business School, New Jersey, USA initiated a fund-raising campaign to help support the vulnerable and underprivileged Manipuri people affected during this unprecedented Covid crisis. Today, he along with his supporters & donors from India and abroad donated a total sum of 1.5 Lakh to 3 organisations (50,000 each) – the All Manipur Kidney Transplant Patients Welfare Association (AMKTPWA), All Manipur Rickshaw Drivers & Pullers Welfare Association (AMRDPWA) and All Manipur Cine Equipment & Handlers Association (AMCEHA) who have been struggling to make ends meet during this Second Covid-19 wave.
A small gathering, following SOP guidelines, was held today at the residence of Laishram Inunganba, Treasurer, AMKTPWA, Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapan where cheques were distributed to the representatives of the three organisations. The gathering was facilitated by Mami Thawan Foundation.
Rajesh Soraisham thanked all the donors who responded with generosity and solidarity to his appeals, thereby allowing him to support vulnerable groups and communities.
Representatives of the 3 organisations thanked, wholeheartedly, Rajesh Soraisham and the donors, Mami Thawan Foundation for putting the event together and further appealed other organisations, individuals and even the govt to support them during this difficult time.
As the pandemic crisis continues, if any individuals/organisation wants to support other vulnerable communities, they can contribute to the crowdfunding campaign at or can directly get in touch with the organisations supporting vulnerable populations. Supporters can also connect with Mami Thawan Foundation to help facilitate the same.

IT News
Imphal, June 25:

With a motive to push up the vaccination drive, the district administration of the Imphal East has utilised block development officers to submit reports for boosting the vaccination drive being taken up across the nation.
As per a notification issued by the officer-in-charge, District Vaccination team, Pooja Elangbam, for today the 25th of June, a total of 1200 people have been targeted for vaccination at assembly constituencies of Imphal East district. 200 people are being targeted at Khundrakpam Assembly Constituency, Khurai Assembly Constituency, Kshetrigao Assembly constituency, and Thongju Assembly Constituency. As per the report submitted by the BDO 150 persons have been targeted for the Keirao Assembly constituency while 250 people are started vaccination at the Andro Assembly constituency.
The district team leader assigned 1 Medical Officer and 1 from the district administration side not below the rank of SDC to take stock of the situation.

Manipur to play critical role in resurgence of economy in post-covid world 
IT Correspondent
New Delhi, June 23:

The creation of special economic zones (SEZs) is key towards providing opportunities to business and people in the north-eastern state of Manipur which is fast emerging as a state with local initiatives going hand in hand with national and global efforts, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) said at an ASSOCHAM virtual conference held yesterday.
“Initiatives of SEZs, technology, innovation and knowledge management are extremely important in the current scenario,” the DoNER Minister in his inaugural address in an ASSOCHAM Interactive Session on ‘Manipur: The Land of Emerging Opportunities.’ 
“In the post-covid India, north-east, including Manipur is going to have a very critical role in the resurgence and supplementation of economy and the path to power post-covid India roadway via north-east is destined to lead India’s post-covid economy,” said Dr Singh. 
He also said that DoNER Ministry is reviewing all the incomplete projects to reallocate the funds that had been parked in these projects. “We are trying to make sure that we make a departure from past practice of leaving many projects in a languishing condition and then forgetting about it.” 
He added, “For all of us, time-bound completion of ongoing projects in roadways, transport, waterways, airways, power and other sectors is ensured and our priority should be to build up required infrastructure right up to the border areas establishing connectivity and communication links with cross-border points to promote trade and economic activities with the neighbouring countries across the north-eastern region.” 
Dr Singh further said, “If we have to engage ourselves with ASEAN countries, we need to empower ourselves proximal to the eastern borders.” 
Highlighting the Government’s policy in this regard, he said “We are no longer looking at but seeking to act East.” 
He informed that the DoNER Ministry, in the last four years or so has introduced a more technology-based mechanism thereby successfully initiating innovative techniques of procuring UCs (Utilisation Certificates) through Space Satellite Imaging Technique. This, he said, not only saves time in terms of subsequent grants but also provides real-time and authentic images. 
“The process which we began about four years ago which got suspended due to Covid-19, I would like to share that we are going to start it again from July 1,” said Dr Singh. 
Inviting the business leaders he said, “The projects of power generation have been prioritised and there is availability of quality power now to help the businesses grow and facilitate their progress.” 
Noting that north-eastern region’s strength lies in its people and natural resources and that government is committed to provide policy support to the industry, Dr Singh said that industry should come forward to partner with the government. 
Sharing his perspective, Dr Rajesh Kumar, chief secretary, Government of Manipur informed that the state government is focusing on tourism and IT as major employment generating sectors. 
Highlighting the various steps being undertaken by Manipur Government and sharing information on various projects that are in various stages of implementation, Dr Kumar appealed the industry to partner and join hands for the state’s economic growth and development. 
“All support of Manipur government will be there, we are very liberal with any concessions the industry wants, the internet connectivity is wonderful and in fact, 5G pilots are also going to start. We want to make Manipur an IT hub to look after business from neighbouring countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and others,” he said. 
In his address, ASSOCHAM’s secretary general, Mr Deepak Sood said, “Manipur will play a crucial role in determining the success of the Act East policy, to expanded economic integration and repositioning India’s interest with not just Southeast Asia but to East Asia.” 
Mr Mahendra Agarwal, chairman, Northeast Regional Development Council of ASSOCHAM said that To be socially and economically sustainable, India’s growth must be inclusive and the integration and development of the Northeast region is critical for India’s continued progress. 
Dr B.K. Panda, IOFS, Zonal Development Commissioner, East and Northeast also addressed the industry leaders during the interactive session. 

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